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Wimbledon cordoned with 'no-fly zone' for first time in 10 yrs over terror attack threat

June 26, 2012 - London

A 'no-fly zone' has been put in place over the All England Tennis Club that hosts the Wimbledon, for the first time in 10 years.

The air exclusion zone was last used in 2002, following the September 11 terror attacks in New York the previous year.

The UK police claimed the decision to reinstate it follows complaints from The All England Club about noise. However, they said a no fly zone would certainly 'help' with security.

Superintendent Pete Dobson, from the Metropolitan Police said the zone extends 500ft high and has a 0.75 nautical mile perimeter.

"We have had it in previous years although we did not have it last year, there was some noise nuisance from a number of aircraft. It's not been driven by security but of course it does help," the Daily Mail quoted Dobson, as saying.

"You just don't want strange aircraft flying overhead if you can avoid it so from a security point of view it helps but it was not the driver," he added.

Dobson claimed that he was aware that world's eyes are on London, as the Wimbledon tournament follows the Queen's Diamond Jubilee and comes just weeks before the Olympics tennis tournament, which is hosted at the same venue.

"I am acutely aware that if somebody was to do something untoward here it could well have a knock-on effect on the Olympics," he said.

Police numbers at the grand slam have been increased this year, however, Dobson not revealing how many officers are deployed, and how many more are being used this year, just said the increase was 'appropriate'.


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